OTTAWA -- The Ottawa Senators aren't interested in paying a big price to improve prior to the March 1 NHL Trade Deadline, general manager Pierre Dorion said Monday.
Dorion was asked specifically during an interview on TSN 1200 in Ottawa about reports he talked to Colorado Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic about players the Avalanche might make available before the deadline.
"I've talked to Joe as I've talked to a lot of my other counterparts about some things that are out there," Dorion said. "I think it's the right thing to do, to kick tires, find out what's available, what's not available from their team. I don't think the reports are always accurate so sometimes it's better to hear from the horse's mouth. Joe and I talked. At this point in time, I can't see us going in that direction. It wouldn't make sense.
"We want to do something to try and improve the team and making deals is very difficult to do. I think since July 1, we're second after Florida as far as number of deals. I can't see us mortgaging everything in the future and some stuff in the present to get one or two or whatever players are out there. We have to realistic that we want to improve, but to give up three, four, five assets, it would be something that would be very difficult to do."
Dorion said he is encouraged with Ottawa's performance under coach Guy Boucher. The Senators (29-18-6) are tied with the Boston Bruins for second place in the Atlantic Division with 64 points, six behind the Montreal Canadiens with five games in hand.
Dorion expects the Senators to get a boost with the return of No. 1 goaltender Craig Anderson, who made 33 saves in a 3-0 win against the New York Islanders on Saturday, his first game since returning from personal leave. Anderson had been away since Dec. 6 to be with his wife, Nicholle, who has a rare form of throat cancer.